Urban Aging, Social Isolation, and Emergency Preparedness

MK. Gusmano & VG. Rodwin
IFA Global Ageing Vol. 6 Issue 2, p39

The article presents a review of an individual approach to emergency preparedness for socially isolated elderly city dwellers. It cites crisis instances highlighting older persons' vulnerability and the importance of neighborhood characteristics as the isolated elderly had reportedly higher mortality rates in poor neighborhoods and abandoned lots than in equally poor but more socially-connected neighborhoods. It suggests a population-based case management requiring information dissemination and outreach strategies for finding and assisting older persons.

Wagner Faculty